AAL targets flexibility in operations and newbuild program
Hitting the mark with the right service is what seems to be the main focus for the multipurpose shipping specialist AAL. Like many others, the company has been forced by the market environment to shift its approach to business slightly and make sure it provides flexibility in operations and on their vessels to best serve the volatile market.
Speaking to Project Cargo Journal, Felix Schoeller, commercial director at AAL shipping, said the company’s fleet profile is adapting to the needs of the market. “When you look at our fleet profile, around 10 years ago, we took delivery of our A Class, which at the time was a very flexible ship. We looked for a design which not only has 700-ton lifting capacity but could also accommodate different types of cargo,” Schoeller said.
For its newbuild program, AAL looked into a solution that will provide even more flexibility for project clients as well as for breakbulk clients. To remind, AAL has placed orders for a total of six newbuilds to be delivered in 2024 and 2025.
These are the Super B class vessels with 33,000 dwt featuring three 350-ton cranes and a long deck of 150 metres with two cargo holds of 80 and 50 metres. “These ships are catered towards square metres,” adds Schoeller, noting that the design is just right for customers with a lot of cargo to move.
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